Originally, the definition of “sin” was simply missing the mark and was an archery term. The solution was to recharge, aim and fire again rather than waller in regret and ruminate with “what ifs”. That makes such sense to me and so much simpler. Matthew 15:1 states “Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up.”
That is to say, I think, if it does not come from God, it cannot be real so they only thing that is destroyed is erroneous thinking. Good can never be destroyed. As Christmas is upon us, my focus will be on the real reason we celebrate. It is the birth of the Christ, Truth that is in my heart and I will draw nearer to God as my days fill up with “busyness”.
Early this morning I listened to a short blog on filling a void. This can occur when we have achieved great honors and success or not! Three things that are needed and should be practiced daily are:
SELF-KNOWLEDGE-Knowing that you are the perfect child of God and of course, this is a spiritual understanding.
HUMILITY-Understanding we can do nothing on our own but with God, all things are possible.
LOVE-Cherishing that thought that God is Love and we are made in His image and likeness.
With these three things under our belt, we are ready for the day. Matthew 28:20 states “And teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” What comfort!
Often when the carnal mind is screaming in my head that I face an impossible task, the verse Luke 18:27 comes to thought which states “But He said, ‘The things that are impossible to people are possible with God.'” That says it all. The battle is never ours but always God’s. When my life seems to be complicated, there is always a passage in the Bible which holds the answer for me. My duty is to have a loving, humble and grateful heart so I may hear that still, small voice.
A few days ago as I was sitting at my desk, a memory from over forty years ago which I have not thought of in that many years came up for me. My sons were very small and we were going on vacation to Washington, D. C. We didn’t use credit cards at the time and it looked like there was limited funds. The thing I remember most was my lack of concern and knew we would be provided for. The day before we left, we received a check in the mail for $300 from an insurance company that was an adjustment. In the early ’70’s $300 was a nice amount. Since then, I can see where my every human need has been met by Divine Love.
Psalm 27:13-14 states “I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” There has never been a time when I have been separated from God and today, I humbly think on this.
This morning as I began my prayer and study time, I began with God as I always do. But this time I thought of God as not only the Creator, but the only Cause and Effect, the only Supply, Health, Substance, the Maintainer of our Life and our guide and Shepherd. The more I thought along these lines, fear became non-existent and almost, absurd! If we are made in God’s likeness and image we have access to all Good. When we take responsibility for our thinking and immediately recognize what does not come from God, we can refute erroneous thinking and replace it with a Truth, knowing the allness of God and the nothingness of error.
1 Timothy 6:15 reads “Which God will bring about in His own time –God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.” When we quieten our thoughts and go into the closet to pray and simply listen; that is truly prayer.
Last night after watching a lecture on the healing power of stillness, I was reminded of a popular book written years ago entitled “God is my Co-pilot”, which went on to become bumper stickers on many cars! Even back then, I would question that phrase. The lecturer said there were times when she thought of herself as the CEO of her life and God as the Divine Assistant that she would turn to from time to time.
The answer to any challenge I am addressing isn’t revealed to me until I see that God is the CEO, not the other way around. Today I will listen more and realize it is through listening, not trying to figure things out, that my understanding is increased. Psalm 5:11 states “But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.”
As I sit at my desk, studying and praying, I reflect back over my childhood. Memories come flooding back of all the stories my mother told me of Santa Claus, the tooth fairy, the Easter bunny and on and on. They were all fabricated and I was told all of these things by someone who claimed to love me unconditionally. After discussing this with a dear friend and mentor, she simply said “Your mom’s motive was pure and from Love.” A light clicked on in my consciousness and no longer did I focus on those stories, but her Love!
Then I was reminded of calls I may receive asking for prayerful help and sometimes, I may be having the same challenge. When we talk about God and His Healing power, there is an issue of hypocrisy that needs to be addressed in my thinking. Once again, my motive is pure and the caller may even see the Truth before I do, but God protects my motive. Jeremiah 3l:3 reads “The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: ‘I have loved you with an everlasting love I have drawn you with loving-kindness.'” Always, always check your motive and make certain it is from Love.